Meet Ms. Rocca at Academy for Business and Technology Elementary (ABTE).
This kindergarten teacher is always among the first to arrive and last to leave each day. Her passion for education includes her constant search for new ways to deliver instructional material to her students while integrating technology into the classroom. If there are school-wide activities planned, she enthusiastically volunteers her time and efforts.
Dr. Paul Merritt, school leader at ABTE nominated her, adding "Ms. Rocca has made a lasting impression on the students and families who have enjoyed her work as a kindergarten teacher." He also states that she demonstrates sincere interest in her students' growth, both while in her class and after they have moved on.
Ms. Rocca is a team member who helps develop new instructional initiatives, and she teaches social, emotional and character development while teaching the curriculum content.
Congratulations and thank you, Ms. Rocca.
Meet Ms. Stacey Gasporovic, who is in her 10th year at Cesar Chavez Academy High School (CCAHS). Mrs. G, as she is affectionately known, has been a highly valued team member in the ELA department and is entering her second year as the HS ELA Lead Teacher.
Mrs. Gasporovic has excellent relationships with her students and colleagues. This year, due to teacher shortages, Ms. Gasporovic did not hesitate to step up and give away her planning period in order to teach students that needed a certified teacher.
For the past two years, Ms. Gasporovic has been a grade 11 ELA teacher as well as teaching ELA in the Honors class. In our first year of SAT, CCAHS SAT Reading/Writing score for 11th graders outperformed approximately thirty other Detroit public/charter high schools. She also volunteered to present at the TLG Teacher Institute on August 30, 2016.
"Stacey Gasporovic is a burst of energy. She maintains very strong relationships with her students, colleagues, and administration. She always makes herself available to her students and is usually the first person to step up when volunteers are needed for special events," said Juan Martinez, CCAHS school leader.
School leaders, assistant leaders and instructional coaches were asked to submit their nominations for monthly Teacher Hall of Fame candidates. We have a primary teacher category for grades K-5 and a secondary teacher category this year for grades 6-12. These nominations are based on the observations the school leaders make in their locations. It is up to them to honor a teacher who they feel embodies the mission of their school. Once the nomination is sent electronically to The Leona Group Department of Academic Achievement, the team reviews the nominees and base their decisions on who best embodies the spirit of The Leona Group and academic success. Congratulations to the 2016 October selections: